Antarctica

Explore another world—at the edge of our own. Those who step aboard our Antarctica cruises get the rare opportunity to experience one of the planet’s last untouched wildernesses.

Cruises to Antarctica

Atlantic Odyssey, Ascension to Praia
Up to 290 USD discount

Atlantic Odyssey, Ascension to Praia

Witness the northbound spring migration

PLA36-18. The Atlantic Odyssey cruise visits some of the remotest islands in the world, crossing the migratory paths of Arctic Terns, Long-tailed Skuas, other birds, and a variety of whales as they make their annual expeditions north for the breeding season.

Cruise date:

24 Apr - 30 Apr, 2018

Price:

1450 USD 1160 USD 290 USD discount

Antarctic Peninsula - Basecamp Ortelius

The best activity voyage in Antarctica

OTL31-18. The 12-day Antarctic Peninsula Basecamp Ortelius cruise offers you a myriad of ways to explore and enjoy the Antarctic Region. This expedition allows you to hike, snowshoe, kayak, go mountaineering, and even camp out under the Southern Polar skies.

Cruise date:

3 Mar - 14 Mar, 2018

Price:

on request

Polar Circle - Antarctic Peninsula

Crossing the Polar Circle

PLA30-18. This Polar Circle and Antarctic Peninsula cruise passes through waters travelled by Humpback, Minke and Fin whales. Anchoring in various spots around the region, the expedition offers the chance to hike, kayak, and dive in the iceberg-heavy waters.

Cruise date:

8 Mar - 19 Mar, 2018

Price:

on request

Antarctic Peninsula – Polar Circle, Deep South Discovery and whale watching voyage
Up to 2200 USD discount

Antarctic Peninsula – Polar Circle, Deep South Discovery and whale watching voyage

Whale watching voyage

OTL32-18. This Polar Circle and Antarctic Peninsula cruise will take you further south of Antarctica, crossing the Polar Circe. This expedition cruise passes through waters travelled by Humpback, Minke and Fin whales. Anchoring in various spots around the region, the expedition offers the chance to hike, and...

Cruise date:

14 Mar - 28 Mar, 2018

Price:

8650 USD

Atlantic Odyssey, incl. Antarctic Peninsula

Visit several of the remotest islands in the world!

PLA33-18. The Atlantic Odyssey is a bird-watcher’s delight as we cross paths with the migratory routes of species such as the Artic Tern & the Long-tailed Skua. We visit some of the most remote islands in the world while crossing the Atlantic and the Equator.

Cruise date:

19 Mar - 24 Apr, 2018

Price:

on request

Antarctica cruise video

Antarctica story

The Most Epic Journey In The World: Ross Sea Antarctica

This expedition had everything – jaw dropping landscapes, whales galore, volcanoes, ice, ice and more ice of all kinds, berg, fast, sea, pancake,...

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Antarctica blog

Retracing the Steps of Antarctica’s Early Explorers

For a long time in human history, there was a belief that a large continent must lie at the southern end of the Earth to provide balance to the...

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Antarctica experiences

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Antarctica wildlife

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Map of Antarctica

Antarctica cruise reviews

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Overall rating based on 70 votes

Barbara Ferrari
My Antarctica trip
by Barbara Ferrari on Antarctica

I was ready for a dream ... and the dream suddenly become real ! I loved this cruise, and I will never forget it. Each person I met, and the crew, we shared a wonderful time.

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Lisa Devereux

Just loved everything about the experience. Expert guides, skilled & professional crew, small ship with excellent accommodation, great food, fabulous company. Thankyou OceanWide, we’ll be back!

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George Turner
Antarctica Adventure
by George Turner on Antarctica

Perfect adventure for me Felt safe Got to know Captain Mika and First Officer Toni and all the excursion guides. The nature and wildlife were right there and I was a absorbed in God’s Magnificent Creation...

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Shazia McCormick
Epic Adventure
by Shazia McCormick on Antarctica

First and foremost, the entire crew was excellent. From hotel to kitchen to expedition guides, everyone was professional, knowledgeable and hard working. Having all the excursions (kayaking, mountaineering, etc.)...

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Noémie Bezençon
Antarctica expedition 2017/18
by Noémie Bezençon on Antarctica

It was a very nice trip.I liked all the staff member and passengers on board.

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Ralitza Gueorguieva
Wonderful experience!
by Ralitza Gueorguieva on Antarctica

This trip was a wonderful, unforgettable experience for our family ! We enjoyed the incredible wildlife and nature, the zodiac excursions, the lectures, the meals, and the excellent atmosphere created by the...

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Antarctica FAQ

Where is Antarctica?

Antarctica is the fifth largest of the seven continents. Antarctica has two large indentations which are the Ross Sea and the Weddell Sea. The nearest continent is South America. The total surface of Antarctica is 14.2 Million square kilometres (about...

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What is the time zone in Antarctica?

The time zone in Antarctica is the same as the time zone in New Zealand:  GMT + 12 hours. On regular Antarctic trips we operate in the same time zone as Ushuaia, Argentina: GMT – 3 hours. 

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Is it dangerous to visit Antarctica?

No, the remote location, frozen landscape, and unpredictable weather can make tourism operations in Antarctica tricky, but Oceanwide Expeditions has the right experience, knowledge, and expertise to stay safe in the Antarctic. 

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What is the climate at Antarctica?

Antarctica is the coldest and also the windiest continent in the world. The lowest temperature on Earth was recorded in Antarctica. There are three climatic regions in Antarctica: The interior of the continent: This is the extremely cold area of...

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What is the Antarctic landscape like?

Antarctica consists of two main areas. East Antarctica (Greater Antarctica) and West Antarctica (Antarctic Peninsula). More than 98% of Antarctica is covered with ice. The land is covered with ice and snow. Antarctica’s two parts are separated by...

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What kinds of plants and animals are there in Antarctica?

The vegetation at Antarctica is limited to around 350 species of mostly lichens, mosses, and algae. Various sea birds, seals, and penguins are often seen in Antarctica such as the Emperor Penguin, Adelie Penguin, Orcas, Humpback whales, Weddell Seals and...

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About Antarctica

Antarctic Weather

Witness some of Earth’s most beautiful scenery in one of Earth’s least hospitable environments. Antarctica is the coldest, highest, windiest, and driest of all Earth’s continents, though it grants our cruise passengers access to many of the most dazzling sights our planet has to offer. Gray rock peaks punch out of the wind-carved snow, passing icebergs dot the dark blue waters, and wildlife abounds that can be seen nowhere else – all serving to remind us that we are truly in another world.


Along the Antarctic coasts (where we travel on our cruises) temperatures can reach as high as 10°C (50°F) during a hot summer day, and on a regular day can plummet to barely above freezing. But just because you’re in the coldest spot on Earth doesn’t mean you have to be uncomfortable: Our vessels are consummately designed to make your voyage as pleasant as possible. And if you’re still unsure what clothing to pack, we’ll give you all the information you need to stay warm and dry before you join us on our exploration of the Antarctic.

Facts About Antarctica

  • Antarctica is larger than Europe
  • Because Antarctica experiences so little precipitation, it is technically a desert
  • The name “Antarctica” comes from a Greek phrase meaning “opposite to north”
  • Almost 62% of the freshwater ice on Earth exists in Antarctica. If all that ice melted today, the world’s oceans would swell by about 60 meters (197 feet)
  • The coldest temperature ever recorded was at the Antarctic research station Vostok, on July 21, 1983, when the thermometer dropped to a teeth-chattering -89.2°C (-128.6°F), cold enough to shatter steel
  • Despite the cold, the biggest documented mass of living creatures — a 10,000,000-ton school of krill — was spotted in the Antarctic
  • The first confirmed sighting of Antarctica was in 1820, though it would take almost a century — until 1911, to be exact — before a human being set foot on the continent

Travel to Antarctica

An Antarctic cruise means visiting a part of Earth that has remained largely unchanged since Aristotle first gave rise to the notion of Terra Australis, or the ”Land of the South”.

Taking one of our cruises also means acquainting yourself with the real survivalists of the Antarctic: the seals, whales, and so many penguins who call the region home.

Our Antarctica cruises offer you an experience unlike any you’ve had. Take a Zodiac cruise among the towering blue-white icebergs, kayak alongside curious whales, introduce yourself to the inquisitive penguins, dive into a new world under the sea, camp beneath the polar sky, or climb to a rugged vista for a bird’s-eye view of the landscape. To see a list of all your many options, check out our dedicated Antarctica cruise page.